June 9, 2017 / 9:45 AM / 2 months ago

Stoke City not selling Butland, says chairman Coates

Britain Football Soccer - England Training - St. George’s Park, Burton upon Trent - June 6, 2017 England's Jack Butland during training Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic

(Reuters) - Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland is not going to be sold in the transfer window and will be at the Premier League club for "years to come", chairman Peter Coates has said.

The England international kept two clean sheets in five league games last season after returning from a 13-month injury layoff and was called up to Gareth Southgate's squad for the June matches against Scotland and France.

"We don't have the slightest intention of selling him. We want him to be playing for Stoke City for many years to come," the chairman told British media.

Butland joined Stoke in 2013 and became a prominent member of the team in 2015, where he made 31 league appearances to help Stoke finish ninth.

Coates believes that the 24-year-old has more to offer.

"In the last full season he had... he looked the most promising young goalkeeper in England," Coates said.

"We have only seen a relatively little bit of him since his return towards the end of the season, but during that short time we certainly saw nothing to discourage us about his abilities as a goalkeeper.

"And the fact that England recalled him to the national squad at the first available opportunity suggests he also has a bright future ahead of him on that front too."

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru, editing by Nick Mulvenney

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